Sunday, October 31, 2010
Latrobe is a unique community which decides the schedule of events based on the convenience of people we don't know. Due to this, Latrobe decided that Halloween this year would be celebrated on October 30, instead of the nationally recognized day of October 31. They even decided the time that Halloween would be celebrated, and set that at 4pm to 6pm.
We decided that with the early trick or treating time, it would be no fun to endure the sugar-high of four children alone. So we invited several friends and neighbors to our house after the scheduled Halloween observance time. This way, instead of four wild and manic children, we could be around 15 wild and manic children. But there would be more adults around for moral support.
I decided to join in the spirit of this season and made some festive cookies for our gathering. I stole the ideas from this blog that I regularly read. My stuff didn't turn out as nice as hers, but it was still a good first attempt.
Ghost cookies made from nutter-butters.
The cookie tray.
Michael carved pumpkins with the kids in the morning.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Take an average week at my house. My school-age boys have regular weekly activities that include: homeschool co-op or Blue Knights, Cub Scouts, gymnastics, Friday classes at the college, Sunday School, piano lessons, and baseball (Fall and Spring). Then throw in the extra activities that were offered to us this week: Cub Scout field trip to corn maze, Homeschool Nature Camp, Fall celebration and scarecrow stuffing, field trip to historical site, Halloween Parade, and sewing lessons. Add to that a couple of scheduled appointments around town to see various doctors, and you have our possible week.
Our first year homeschooling, we probably would have tried to do all the activities. I wouldn't have wanted them to miss out on anything. And we would have paid for it the following week with overly tired kids and having to work extra hard to make up for lost school work time. If there is something that four years of homeschooling has taught me, it is to know when to say no. So I did, and the kids went to one of the extra activities instead of all.
We homeschool. We choose to take on the responsibility of the education of our children. We teach them at home using the world as our classroom. By doing this my children spend their days exploring classic literature (Isaac is currently reading Alice in Wonderland, James is on The Strange Case of Dr. Jekll and Mr. Hyde), while also studying music and languages. We set our own schedule and curriculum. We are able to buy a Lego Physics set and use it for science. We are able to take off to Georgia for two weeks every November and leave the school books behind.
Learning to say no isn't always easy, but it is definitely necessary. Especially when so many wonderful experiences await the eager learner.
Friday, October 29, 2010
To my kids, who get exactly zero fast food in the course of their day, this was the ultimate treat. Thank you Grandma for thinking of them and for making my Friday a little easier!
Ah... the little things. Like when the littlest brother actually gets that the Lego mosaic set builds more than tall towers. Look at this beauty that Henry created. And with no help at all!
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
Boy 1: "OH! There is a dead bug under here!"
Boy 2: : "IT'S A BABY TURTLE!"
Boy 1: "Gross. You clean it up."
Boy 2: "No WAY! You touch that and you'll only have luck!"
And no, it wasn't really a baby turtle.
Monday, October 18, 2010
Stop by and check out her shop. I think you will be impressed with her views on modesty, and her affordable prices. You can outfit your little girl for as low as $10! She is super friendly, so if you don't see something you like, convo her and tell her what you are looking for. I am sure she will do her best to accomondate your needs.
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Sunday, October 17, 2010
Friday, October 15, 2010
After the school lessons were done and the piano teacher had left, my kids spent the morning creating a newspaper stand. Most of the newspapers were difficult to understand, but two of the easier titles to make out were: "Margaret makes a mess of the chex mix," and "Missing: One magnetic bakugan card."
It is this type of creativity that I knew would be stifled in a traditional classroom setting.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Monday, October 11, 2010
The bumper cars were closed all summer for repairs and so it was a great surprise to find them running. The kids rode them twice in a row.
Talking Fingers is a program designed to improve and teach phonics, reading, writing, and typing to young learners. The Talking Fingers approach is based on the idea that text is speech made visible. When children begin to link speech sounds to letters they can use the alphabet to write the sounds. Thus the company says "Their fingers are talking."
I could definitely see this program as a good supplement to a phonics program for a student who needs a little extra practice, or a parent looking for a self directed program for a young learner.